Assistant Director of Student Life and Student Accessibility Coordinator

Employer
Trinity College
Location
Connecticut, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Nov 2, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Counseling, Disabled Student Services, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time


Title
Assistant Director of Student Life and Student Accessibility Coordinator

Department
Office of Student and Community Life

Regular or Temporary
Regular

Hours Per Week
40

FLSA Determination
Exempt

Weeks Per Year

52

Open Date
11/02/2021

Full or Part Time
Full Time

Position Summary

Trinity College seeks a staff that reflects the changing demographics of our student body. Our student body is diverse, representing 41 states and 70 countries, with 21 percent U.S. students of color and 50 percent who identify as women. More than 90 percent of students live on campus. Trinity is a highly selective, independent, nonsectarian liberal arts institution located in the capital city of Hartford, Conn. With more than 2,100 full-time undergraduate students and 91 graduate students, the college maintains a rigorous academic profile complemented by a vibrant and diverse co-curricular program. We consider our location in a culturally and socioeconomically diverse capital city to be among Trinity’s most distinctive assets, and we cultivate strong connections with our surrounding neighbors and with institutions and organizations throughout Hartford and the region. As a preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives.

Statement of Purpose


Learning at Trinity College rests on the foundational measures to equip students for academic success. The Student Accessibility Resources Center ( SARC ) is committed to enhancing inclusivity on Trinity’s campus by providing accommodations and support services to qualified students with accessibility needs, improving their ease of access to resources. The Assistant Director of Student Life and Student Accessibility Coordinator facilitates open dialogue around disability awareness and education on campus.

The Assistant Director of Student Life and Student Accessibility Coordinator is vital to meeting the diverse learning needs of Trinity students, helping them fully engage in the Trinity experience and promoting academic excellence and student success throughout the entire academic experience, from matriculation to graduation and beyond.

The Assistant Director coordinates, trains and advocates academic services throughout the Trinity community while also providing oversight and leadership of accessibility services for the campus community as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ), the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 ( ADAAA ), and other appropriate state laws pertaining to higher education and disability. This includes directing services to students with documented long-term and short-term accessibility needs, as well as to students referred to the Student Accessibility Resource Center. The Assistant Director will develop student disability awareness and services on campus by collaborating regularly with campus partners and the professional disability network.

About the Division and College


The Student Success and Enrollment Management team engages students in a cohesive, integrated, and exceptional experience from recruitment through graduation to career formation.

We seek individuals who appreciate rich complexities of diverse perspectives, who create a healthy environment that values self-challenge and growth, and who cultivate a culture of curiosity in a community of learners.

We seek those who enjoy listening to and working with students holistically, helping them navigate transitions; who appreciate the momentary foibles of college students and help them realize they can get up if/when they fall; who help bring out students’ better selves.

We seek those who strive to help students find the balance of freedom and responsibility, independence, and interdependence, who see an opportunity in problems to find solutions, and to build rapport and connection. We seek those who see this realm of higher education as an individual and collective enterprise.

Duties and Responsibilities


Under the leadership of the Dean of Student Life and Director of The Bantam Network, the Assistant Director of Student Life and Student Accessibility Coordinator fosters an inclusive living and learning community that contributes to students’ academic achievement and personal growth. The Assistant Director will manage the operations of the Student Accessibility Resource Center and the Academic Support Network, which includes implementing best practices, as well as developing and implementing policies and procedures for both areas.

The Assistant Director will determine eligibility for students who submit requests for disability and/or special need services, as well as recommends and coordinates reasonable accommodations for equal access to academic and nonacademic activities. While most of the position will function as described in the job description, some aspects are subject to change due to evolving departmental and college needs.

Accessibility Services: Provide oversight and leadership for the Student Accessibility Resource Center to deliver accommodations. Meet with students who are requesting accommodations, as well as with other partners to provide information and advice regarding accessibility services and related resources both on and off-campus. Provide direct services to students referred to the Center and to students qualified to receive accommodations, including advising and with strategy development. Review documentation to determine eligibility for accessibility services and accommodations. Consult and collaborate with faculty and staff to identify areas of academic concern, intervene with appropriate services, and promote inclusive environments for students with disabilities. Oversee Testing Center operations, including but not limited to communicating with faculty and students to schedule exams and hiring, training, and supervising Proctors. Oversee training in various assistive technologies to support and promote student independence.

Academic Support Services: Provide leadership and oversight for the Academic Support Network, which includes the Peer Tutoring and Academic Success Coaching programs. Clarify academic policies and procedures, develop, and facilitate study skills and success strategies. Coordinate development and delivery of workshops on topics related to academic success. Assemble data for academic action each semester and create success plans with students who are at at-risk academically or on probation. Consult and collaborate with faculty/staff to identify areas of academic concern and refer students to appropriate services.

Strategic Planning and Assessment: Lead strategic planning for the Student Accessibility Resource Center and Academic Support Network by identifying the needs, desired outcomes, strategies, and action plans to reach established goals and to promote an environment of diverse learners. Coordinate and collaborate with the Office of Student and Community Life to enhance the mission and impact of the Student Accessibility Resource Center and Academic Support Network. Direct ongoing processes for formal and informal assessment strategies to meet the diversity of student needs and determine the best utilization of department resources.

Collaborative Partnerships: Consult with deans, department heads, faculty, administrators, facilities, and staff to recommend and coordinate reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students to gain equal access to academic and nonacademic activities and spaces. Maintain contact with college partners (faculty, administrators, staff, students), professional organizations, and disability agencies to take advantage of available resources for continued development of student disability awareness and services on campus. Collaborate with members of the campus community to provide students with holistic programs and support services. Serve on committees as requested.

Operations, Technology, and Administrative Processes: Oversee the daily functions of the Student Accessibility Resource Center and Academic Support Network, including but not limited to budget and resource management, assessing the efficiency of administrative processes and policies, and assessing effective use of assistive technology and management systems.

Training and Supervision: Supervise the Residential Learning Coordinator/Academic Support Coordinator, undergraduate student employees and a possible graduate intern. Coordinate and assess the recruitment, selection, and training of SARC staff. Provide SARC staff with professional and leadership development experiences and opportunities that challenge and support their development. Facilitate weekly team meetings to develop and review goals/outcomes achieved, discuss issues, recognize contributions, provide, and solicit feedback.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:


Master’s degree in counseling, educational psychology, higher education or clinical psychology or a related field of study such as rehabilitation counseling or special education

3 to 5 years of experience providing services/accommodations and support for persons with disabilities in higher education student services, including supervision, strategic planning, assessment of programs and services and budget and resource management

Demonstrated ability to work with college students with learning, physical, medical, and mental health challenges and/or accessibility needs; ability to relate and work with a diverse population

Knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 – Amended 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Fair Housing Act, and other applicable federal, state, local laws, case law, court rulings, current practices, and trends/developments regarding services in postsecondary education and disabilities

Skilled in analyzing, interpreting, and incorporating the intent of laws, policies, and practices into the context of daily work activities and decision-making regarding students with accessibility needs; proven ability to make decisions based on factual evidence and observation

Broad knowledge of and proficiency with assistive technology applications and their use in assisting students with disabilities in higher education

Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Excel

Ability to be flexible with daily routine and clear understanding of learning skills development and academic success strategies

Experience with assessing and interpreting psychoeducational testing evaluations, disability documentation and determining reasonable accommodations, including knowledge of assessment tools and test scores generally used in making diagnoses

Experience in managing an accessibility and academic caseload including documentation of records, communication with students, ability to problem solve, making appropriate referrals

Excellent teaching and mentoring skills and experience in delivery of direct intervention services to targeted students, including demonstrated ability to use multiple techniques to help students who are at-risk academically and on academic probation develop and implement success strategies

Ability to relate and work with a diverse population

Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in a diverse environment at all levels, with tact and diplomacy to achieve program and campus goals

Supervisory experience including interdisciplinary team-building experience including leadership, work distribution, accountability, communication, decision-making, problem solving and conflict management skills

Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to build and sustain key relationships with governing agencies, students with disabilities, and all levels of the college community

Strong analytical and organizational skills with attention to detail, time management skills and ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and managing multiple student needs

Demonstrated ability to work well independently and with very limited supervision; skilled in exercising judgment necessary to deal with confidential and sensitive information and to respond to complex student emergencies, providing appropriate intervention and referral

Preferred Qualifications:


Master’s degree in special education, counseling, educational psychology, higher education or clinical psychology or a related field of study

5 years of full-time post master’s professional experience in higher education student services, including supervision, strategic planning, and budget and resource management

Demonstrated ability to work with college students with learning, physical, medical, and mental health challenges and/or disabilities

Thorough knowledge and understanding of the social and legal issues that impact services for students with disabilities in higher education

Broad understanding of reasonable accommodations, assistive technologies, and services used by students with disabilities in higher education

Record of achievement in continuous quality improvement including evaluation, procuring student feedback, task analysis, and procedural reviews

Experience in managing an accessibility and academic caseload including documentation of records, communication with students, ability to problem solve, making appropriate referrals

Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment

Bilingual

Special Instructions to Applicants

All applicants must apply online by submitting their resume, cover letter and 3 references. In your cover letter or application materials, please address how you would foster and promote an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion in this role.

Review of applications will begin three weeks after the role posting date.

Trinity College requires proof of COVID19 vaccination or an approved exemption prior to beginning employment .

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Trinity College is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college for men and women, with approximately 2,200 undergraduate students and 200 faculty members, located in Hartford, Connecticut. Our Mission is “Engage. Connect. Transform.” As the preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives. Trinity is an actively engaged community of students, faculty and staff who work together to develop and sustain the intellectual and creative opportunities central to a first-class liberal arts education. Hartford, the state capital, provides many opportunities for cultural and social engagement.

The College is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff, and student body. Trinity is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities should request, in advance, any needed accommodation in order to participate in the application process.

For all faculty positions, completion of the Ph.D. or appropriate equivalent is expected. Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts context, and a well-articulated plan for sustained research. Trinity is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service.

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